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Jon Gruden on what Raiders saw in newly signed defensive linemen Frostee Rucker, Ahtyba Rubin

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There are two new defensive linemen at Raiders practices. Both are veterans of double digit NFL seasons who are in their 30s. So, what was the draw in bringing these guys in? Jon Gruden explains.

“Well, Rucker is a guy that has been a very good, physical football player at multiple positions for a long time,“ said Gruden. “He has a history with [defensive coordinator] coach [Paul] Guenther, that’s obvious. But, he started a lot of games for Arizona last season. His versatility and leadership is outstanding. When you have Arden Key and you have [Maurice] Hurst and you have P.J. Hall, it helps when you have a veteran presence in every room. Rucker will help us do that. I really like this guy.”

The 6-3, 280-pounder will turn 35 in September. He is a veteran of 11 NFL seasons, having started 73 games in his career, including all 16 for the Cardinals last season. He is a 3-tech/5-tech defensive tackle/end.

Though both play defensive tackles, Rubin is a very different type than Rucker.

Ahtyba Rubin is another mammoth nose tackle,” Gruden continued. ”We needed depth there. [Eddie] Vanderdoes is not practicing, don’t know when he will practice. Mario Edwards [Jr.] has had some injuries and hasn’t practiced a lot, so Rubin gives us another big guy that can work inside and keep our linebackers clean and be a contender to help our team.”

Though he is an inch shorter than Rucker, Rubin outweighs Rucker by some 30 pounds. He is very much a nose tackle which is a position that is thin at the moment with Justin Ellis as the only true nose on the field.